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Focal Banger - The Alchemist

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

768 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 768
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 7.27%
Wants: 451
Gots: 71 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
The Alchemist visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
An American IPA , hopped judiciously with Citra and Mosaic.

(Beer added by: hillvt4me on 01-30-2014)
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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -13.4%

Big hop aroma, the Citra has been tamed. Lasting head on yellow body, leaving a lace trail. Citra dominated taste, rounded out by subordinate tropical fruit. Fresh tasting, a good complement in the product line to the Heady Topper. Can from Tom, thank you.

Sammy, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of djrn2
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

djrn2, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -22.9%

Thorpe429, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

zestar, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -11.9%

acurtis, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4.38/5  rDev -3.5%

When it comes to hops, Alchemist knows how to get the good ones and knows how to use them once in the brewhouse. This IPA of ultimate dryness and utter hop dominance brings out a taste in pale ale that's likely not yet been seen, better yet- tasted.

Focal Banger jumps right out with a burst of citrus and a backing of tropical aroma and taste. Supporting malt sweetness is thin and honied, giving the fruit flavors a sense of dripping with sweet and tangy fructose nectar. The sweetness seems right at home with the hops.

And the beer simply blossoms over the middle, really opening up those tangy and tart red grapefruit, mandarin, lemon drop, pineapple, mango and juniper flavors. And as the sweetness gently fades, the hops stand out even more, releasing notes of lemon verbena, mild chive, grassy botanicals and a floral drift of honeysuckle perfume.

its massively dry backbone becomes a honeycomb of malt texture where its flavor presence has dropped off entirely. What's left is a creamy-dry hop bitterness that strips the palate of thirst with ease. Its light body throughout perfectly preserves the attitude of American IPA.

BEERchitect, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Texasfan549, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

kjkinsey, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -11.9%

spycow, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Knapp85, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

JAHMUR, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -11.9%

SocalKicks, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Jason, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.73/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from a 16oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains an excellent blend of fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a quick burst of citrus and caramel sweetness. Then a strong but not over-powering floral hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is a bit on the thin side for the style but it works quite well for this beer and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a tremendous beer to drink for a very long time.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Slatetank, May 27, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
4.28/5  rDev -5.7%

On tap at Blackback, Waterbury, VT.

Hazy yellow-orange pour into a Hill Farmstead wine glass (as is the way of things at Blackback), topped with a small, creamy, white head that retained well and left some strands of lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrusy hops, tropical fruit, some pine, fresh cut grass. An assertive hop bitterness right up front in the taste, all the qualities detected in the nose, grapefruit, mango, grass, some light floral notes, with a soft, bready, pale malt profile. It's about as hoppy/bitter as Heady Topper, but a bit lighter and softer, and at only 1%ABV less, it's pretty comparable overall. Light-medium body, crisp and dry, and easily drinkable. When this goes into bigger production, trying the two beers side by side will obviously be something I look forward to doing.

Rifugium, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of oline73
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

oline73, Mar 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

mendvicdog, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Rochefort10nh, Feb 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

XmnwildX12, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of beernads
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

beernads, Jul 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

InspectorBob, Jun 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

yourefragile, Mar 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

orangesol, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -11.9%

drewone, Feb 24, 2014
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Focal Banger from The Alchemist
100 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.